Have you ever searched long and hard for lint you dropped out of your pocket? How about crawling through your house, searching every nook and cranny, to find a lost Cheerio? I never have; however, I have hunted for hours to find a lost ring. Many times I’ve run rapidly around my yard looking for one of my children who wouldn’t respond to my call to come inside.
We’ve all searched for what was lost that is of value. Flipping off sofa cushions and reaching a hand deep into the gaps to find what was lost. Walking rapidly through a shopping mall with eyes scanning for a young child. The greater worth, the more time and effort we will sacrifice to find what was lost.
God’s Word teaches us that every person is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:27). Therefore, every person, no matter his age or her race has inherent value and dignity. And yet, the Bible also teaches us that we are all spiritually lost. Although we were made by God to know Him, we have all gone away from Him. In sin, we have chosen to seek after ourselves, make our own gods, and serve our sinful desires. We are lost.
But we lost sinners are not discarded by God. On the contrary, in the Bible we read that God is pursuing and seeking after those who have rebelled against Him. This mission to rescue us is costly for God. In order to save the lost, God the Father sends His Son to go to the cross and take upon himself our sins. In a mystery we cannot fully fathom, Jesus experiences on the cross what being completely lost entails, total separation from God the Father – hell itself.
The sacrifice fully paid, Jesus rose from the dead, giving us assurance that he is able to fully save the sinner. The lost can be found. Not by our works or our deeds, but through the gift of grace received when we place our faith in Jesus.
Reader, this should help you understand why your friend constantly shares the message of the gospel of Jesus with you. She believes what God says about you, that you are precious and loved. This should explain why Christians have always fought to stop infanticide and abortion and are consistently involved in helping the vulnerable, the homeless, the orphan, the refugee, and the foreigner. We do this because we believe what the Bible teaches, that all people are loved by God and have priceless value.
This is why Christians take risks when we share our faith with our families, communities, and to far off countries, even though this may lead to persecution and death. Christians know God’s great love for all people; therefore, they sacrifice to be used by God so that others who are lost might be found.
Dear reader, even though you are so lost that you cannot bring yourself to God, you are of value and loved so much God the Father sent God the Son as a sacrifice for you to bring you to the one true and living God.
Consider the price of the sacrifice of the God who seeks to find the lost. May it cause you to respond with faith in Jesus.
Pastor Aaron Brockmeier is pastor of Saint Luke’s Church, which meets at 10:15 a.m. Sundays at 1100 9th Ave. SW in Faribault. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the church at 507-334-6608. More information about Saint Luke’s Church and upcoming Bible Studies and events can be found by going to http://slcfaribault.com or by following Saint Luke’s on Facebook.
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